People who have caught fish in the Yellowstone River between the spill site, six miles upstream from Glendive, and the North Dakota state line should be cautious about consuming them.
This week FWP biologists started capturing fish below the oil spill site and sending them to a laboratory for testing. Biologists and game wardens also are asking anglers if they will donate fish from their catch for laboratory testing. Test results should be returned in the next two weeks and FWP will publish the data so fishermen can determine whether their catch is suitable for consumption.
Published research indicates that petroleum compounds can accumulate in fish for 40 or more days after a spill. FWP will continue to sample fish throughout the river to try to detect any accumulation. Petroleum compounds can also be passed on to fish through the food chain when micro-organisms, insects, worms, crustaceans and other aquatic animals absorb petroleum compounds then are eaten by fish.
The advisory was issued as a precaution, advising anglers to tend toward conservative decisions and prudent practice when it comes to the health effects of the oil spill.
In addition to paddlefish and endangered pallid sturgeon, this stretch of the Yellowstone River holds channel catfish, sauger, walleye, northern pike, bigmouth buffalo, black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, blue sucker, brassy minnow, brook stickleback, burbot, cisco, common carp, creek chub, emerald shiner, fathead minnow, flathead chub, freshwater drum, goldeye, golden shiner, green sunfish, lake chub, largemouth bass, longnose dace, longnose sucker, mountain sucker, northern redbelly dace, plains minnow, plains killifish, pumpkinseed, rainbow smelt, river carpsucker, sand shiner, shorthead redhorse, shortnose gar, shovelnose sturgeon, sicklefin chub, smallmouth bass, smallmouth buffalo, spottail shiner, stonecat, sturgeon chub, western silvery minnow, white bass, white crappie, white sucker, yellow bullhead and yellow perch.
People with questions or who want to report contaminated fish or wildlife may call the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 7 office at 406-234-0900. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also has set up a toll-free telephone number — 888-959-8351 – to report oil-covered wildlife.
We are having a club get together Sunday 1/18/15. We will be going to Castle Rock Lake at Colstrip. We will have some cold cuts for sandwiches, will have a pot of chili,
if you have never ice fished before we will have people to help and some equipment.
If you would like to join us we will be heading out about 700am.
Call Becky at 672-8995 if interested in joining or need directions. We will leave from McDonald’s at Johnson Lane in Lockwood
BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a bull elk that was killed illegally and left to waste east of Billings over the weekend of Jan. 10-11.
FWP game warden Courtney Tyree said elk was shot illegally along Fly Creek east of Billings.
FWP is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to a conviction of the persons responsible for the illegal kill. Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call Tyree at (406) 860-7814 or FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).
The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where people can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers may remain anonymous. It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in conviction of persons who abuse Montana’s natural, historic or cultural resources.
Ice Fishing Diary January 2015
Greg caught a pike. That was our first and only so far. Neil Wellnitz is ice fishing here as well and he did catch a pike as well today. So a bit slow but what a fun day. It was 30 f not much wind and a beautiful day. Now having some beverages and have to go check our tip ups.
Well it was very slow yesterday on fishing but man the weather was nice. Fishing been slow so I tried casting into open water off the point but no luck. As of today we have 4 pike. We’ve set lines on the north shore. Open water in main lake so cautiously went out and about 12 inches of ice.. it has been about 1 degree..tonight snow and dipping below zero. This is our last night here and I have to say we’ve had a good time even if fishing slow. We’ve been dining with Bill, Rock Creek Marina owner, and Neil and Linda who work for Bill and live up at Rock Creek year around. This has been a good experience for me and I’m looking forward to doing more ice fishing!
From Becky’s Posts on Facebook.
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When Controlling Invasives Conflicts with other agendas
For the past few years I’ve been increasingly interested in the conflicts that can be created when invasive species control efforts intersect with other needs. Sometimes these needs are ecosystem related while other times they are purely social.
For example, there are increasing occurrences where invasive species control methods run afoul of the management needs for endangered species. The most common example of this is the ban on the use of salt cedar bio-controls in order to protect the willow flycatcher. The intersection of the Endangered Species Act and invasive species is an area that is likely to have more conflict in the future.
There are also examples of where social pressures arise to reduce or eliminate certain types of invasive species control. While there are a number of examples of this I want to highlight the specific case of invasive mute swans in New York.
Mute swans were first introduced to the Hudson Valley in the late 1800’s and many believe the birds provide an elegance and beauty that should be preserved. However, the NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation strongly disagrees. They have labeled the bird as an invasive species, noting that the swans “can be aggressive toward people, displace native wildlife species, degrade water quality, threaten aviation and destroy submerged aquatic vegetation.” Consequently, in 2014 the DEC proposed a plan to eliminate the birds from the state by 2025.
This proposal set off a statewide debate over the fate of the invaders with state officials holding firm that the swans are unwanted invasives that must be controlled. In response, swan protection advocates convinced legislators to pass a bill that outlawed the removal of the invaders. Now the Governor has vetoed the bill. Read More
Until recently, most invasive species management efforts have been widely supported by both the professional and public audiences but as we move forward we can expect to see more cases in which the desire to control an invasive must be balanced against other needs.
Previously Posted on Facebook
We review news stories on a daily basis and post stories of interest on Facebook as we find them. However, we know that many of you are not using Facebook so here are the links we posted during October on our Facebook pages.
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Our Clean Angling Facebook page is where we post links that deal with fish, fishing, cleaning, boat inspections, and other issues of interest to anglers.
Confusion abounds as Minnesota prepares to institute a new invasive species test, sticker and fee program. Although the law says it is coming there are few details available and the public is grumbling
On our Invasive Species Action Network Facebook page we post all types of invasive species news including stories about all types of invaders, policy issues and other items of interest.
A three-year study in the Great Lakes region shows that invasive faucet snails are widely distributed throughout the region. These snail can carry carry intestinal parasites that are deadly to native waterfowl
Until recently there has been no effective treatment for a mussel invasion. However, new approaches are being developed that hold promise for future control options. Minnesota is testing one method in the seasonally appropriate Christmas Lake.
Wisconsin’s Fox River connects Lake Winnebago with Green bay and a lock on the river has been closed to prevent the spread of invasives. Now comes a proposal to build a lift station to move boats over the lock
Our Forest Pest Fly Tying Project Facebook page provides information for anyone concerned about the spread of forest pest insects. Visit the page and join the conversation about the problem and our unique fly tying program.
Holiday Issue 2014
As winter sets in across the country many invasive species programs morph from being field based to managing all of the data collected during the year. This time of year is when program leaders assess their efforts and seek ways to improve their programs.
Looking back over the past few years I am struck by how effectively invasive species experts have adapted and improved their efforts. Just a few years ago boat inspections were a new thing and there were lots of different ideas about how to best protect our waters. Today there is an unprecedented amount of collaboration and cooperation among managers all working to try to create the most effective and least intrusive programs.
I am extremely grateful of the efforts these great folks are conducting and I hope they get the support and encouragement they need in the coming year.
I hope you will get in touch with me if you have questions or invasive species stories to share.
Executive Director ISAN
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